So­ci­ety

Filthy rich

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Re­lease Date: 8 June

1989 | 18 | Dual- for­mat Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tor: Brian Yuzna Cast: Billy War­lock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Mey­er­son, Charles Lu­cia

If you’ve ever thought

the well- to- do act like a dif­fer­ent species, So­ci­ety will con­firm all your worst para­noid fan­tasies.

Re- An­i­ma­tor pro­ducer Brian Yuzna’s di­rec­to­rial de­but con­cerns young Bill Whit­ney ( Billy War­lock), a Bev­erly Hills teenager who, like Rose­mary ( of Baby fame), be­gins to sus­pect that his wealthy fam­ily and friends are hid­ing some ter­ri­ble se­cret. They are. There’s a rea­son why girls some­times have their limbs on the wrong way round and lumps leap up un­der their skin...

Eas­ily Yuzna’s best film, So­ci­ety is a bizarre, be­guil­ing night­mare, a high- camp meld­ing of The Step­ford Wives, David Cro­nen­berg and an ’ 80s teen movie – and yet bristlingly orig­i­nal at the same time. Both sunny and in­cred­i­bly dark, it builds its ten­sion through an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of small, twisted in­ci­dents, and then de­liv­ers one of the wildest, most bom­bas­tic fi­nal acts in the his­tory of hor­ror, thanks in no small part to ge­nius spe­cial ef­fects artist Scream­ing Mad Ge­orge.

“This is not sub­tle satire” you may be think­ing be­fore­hand, but the cli­max barks back: “Who cares? A lack of sub­tlety can be mag­nif­i­cent.” Not a film forgotten in a hurry.

The newly re­mas­tered film is ac­com­pa­nied by a direc­tor’s com­men­tary and three in­ter­view fea­turettes, all new. “Gover­nor Of So­ci­ety” has Brian Yuzna con­fess­ing that he “wasn’t that good a direc­tor” when he made his de­but; it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing watch ( 17 min­utes). In “The Masters Of The Hunt” cast mem­bers Billy War­lock, Devin DeVasquez, Ben Mey­er­son and Tim Bartel­land share their ( mostly) good mem­o­ries of the shoot ( 22 min­utes) and in “The Cham­pion Of The Shunt” ( 21 min­utes) FX mae­stro Scream­ing Mad Ge­orge ex­plains where he drew his in­spi­ra­tion from ( Sal­vador Dali fig­ured). There’s also footage of a 2014 Q& A with Yuzna and the direc­tor in con­ver­sa­tion back­stage at the film’s 1989 world pre­miere ( two min­utes). Plus: a trailer, a mu­sic video and an il­lus­trated book­let with text by critic Alan Jones. Limited edi­tion copies fea­ture a copy of 2003 comics se­quel So­ci­ety: Party An­i­mal. Rus­sell Lewin Stars War­lock and DeVasquez say that it was ac­tu­ally their sex scene they were most ner­vous about.

Of course this was be­fore the Fer­rero Rocher came out.

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